Germany announced today it will host a special international conference for the protection of archeological sites and artifacts in Syria on June 2-4. The conference will be held in collaboration with the UNESCO.
Minister of State at Germany’s Federal Foreign Office Maria Bohmer said that besides the restoration of the ancient city of Palmyra, the conference aims to ensure protection for all Syrian archeological sites, the restoration of stolen artifacts and conducting training sessions on restoration of monuments and artifacts.
Bohmer stressed that the protection of antiquities in Syria and Iraq is a responsibility of the whole international community.
Meanwhile, the Assad regime’s warplanes bombed Khan Murad Pasha Museum in the town of Maaret Alnouman in rural Idlib on Monday, injuring a number of civilians and causing material damage to the museum.
Activist in the town Bilal Hamou said that the museum, the biggest in Syria, contains ancient mosaics and paintings dating back to the Byzantine era, adding that the museum was hit by a barrel bomb a few months ago.
In its aerial bombardment of Syrian cities and towns, the Assad regime has not spared monuments and archeological sites, including the ancient city of Palmyra and Bosra Alsham Amphitheatre, the Umayyad Mosque of Aleppo, and the Citadel of Aleppo. (Source: Syrian Coalition + Smart News + Agencies)